Fred “B. Bud” Wilkerson, Jr., age 91, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, August 10, 2017 in De Queen.
B. Bud was born October 20, 1925 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of De Queen and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He attended the University of Arkansas and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
He graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1945 and went on to own and operate Wilkerson Funeral Home with his family. He was the 1997 recipient of the Arkansas Funeral Director of the Year award and “retired” in 1998. Although retired he still worked and served the community until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred, Sr. and Evelyn Leard Wilkerson; his wife, Martha Sue Proctor Wilkerson; one son, Marc Wilkerson; a granddaughter, Kelly Wilkerson; and a sister, Jacqueline Lyons.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Trey and Cindy Wilkerson and Scott and Marian Wilkerson; five grandchildren and their spouses, Katy and Larry Brewer, Sarah and Doug Casteel, Beth and J Hargrove, Rusty and Terri Wilkerson, and Chip and Shannon Wilkerson; 8 great grandchildren, Reagan Wilkerson, Jacie Wilkerson, Sydney Casteel, Garrett Parker, Samantha Wilkerson, Hannah Wilkerson, Tate Wilkerson and Carsyn Hargrove; one niece and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 14, 2017 in the First United Methodist Church with Bro. Mark Cloninger and Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 13th at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of De Queen. P.O. Box 488 De Queen, AR 71832
or The Mary and Martha Center, P.O. Box 473, De Queen, AR 71832
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com